“Friday Night Lights” debuted on NBC a decade ago today.
The high school football drama was based on H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger’s book “Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream” and the 2004 film starring Billy Bob Thornton.
The NBC show ran for five seasons and was a favorite among fans and critics. The show earned four consecutive Emmy nods for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, winning in 2007. Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler were both nominated twice in the lead acting categories, with Chandler winning in 2011.
Writer Jason Katims won the Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series in 2011 for the series finale, entitled “Always.”
In addition to Britton and Chandler, the ensemble cast included Taylor Kitsch, Michael B. Jordan, Scott Porter, Minka Kelly, Adrienne Palicki, Zach Gilford, and many more.
Kitsch, who played running back Tim Riggins, leapt from the small screen to the big screen in the disastrous “John Carter.”
Michael B. Jordan had a critically acclaimed turn in “Fruitvale Station” before landing in the “Fantastic Four” remake and the lead in “Creed.”
Britton, Chandler, Porter, Kelly, Palicki, and Gilford have all found success on other TV shows.
Following the show’s finale in 2011, creator Peter Berg said a film version was in the works. However, the project was scrapped in 2013. Fans are still hoping for a revival, often using an inspiration pre-game quote uttered by Chandler’s character: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
To see what the “Friday Night Lights” cast has been up to since the show and what they look like now, click on the gallery below.
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